Opening Day brings a Flood of Tevya Memories

  • Elyse at Tevya

    As soon as the weather starts to get a little warmer, I can feel the anticipation of another summer at Tevya. It has been almost ten years since my last year as a counselor, but I still can’t help myself from thinking what it would be like to be back at camp this year.

    It could be triggered by the smell of a summer rainstorm about to come in, or the metal ting of a bat during softball practice, but I can close my eyes and be transported back in time to when I was sitting on the basketball courts with the swirl of camp all around me.

    But yesterday, instead of waiting in the line of cars that reaches down Mason Road and anxiously edging my way closer to the entrance of camp, I found myself sitting at my desk, once again thinking about what I’ll miss most about my summer home.

    Tevya days

    The dining hall, full of suntans and smiles and the excitement of grilled cheese and ice cream sandwiches. The possibility of a favorite evening activity or extra-long free swim. The calm of a peaceful rest hour as a warm breeze from Lake Potanipo fills the bunk. Each memory is so vivid, like it happened just yesterday. I feel so lucky that I can recall them at any moment, but especially today, when a new year of Tevya begins for hundreds of eager campers. As a Tevya alum, I know I’m not alone when I realize I still haven’t broken my habit of wearing blue and white on Fridays, or when I think of Po Po Potanipo while roasting s’mores at the beach.

    For me, reliving summer memories and savoring my love for Tevya will happen every year, knowing that there is another group of campers and counselors to help the legacy of camp live on.

    “Our love forever more…”

    If you feel this way, too, please join me and a great group of Tevya alumni and parents to help with events and activities we call The Tevya Connection. Check out all the camp news, including a newly expanded Alumni Community News section, in the recent Tevya newsletter. We’re all still at camp in our hearts.

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2 responses to “Opening Day brings a Flood of Tevya Memories”

  1. Gayle Seletz says:

    Thank you Elyse Horowitz for sharing your poignant recollection of your summer memories at Tevya. It was so perfect. I am 20 years older than you (at least) and it has been almost 30 years since my last counselor summer and I feel EXACTLY the same way. Thats the magic. And thats a beautiful thing we all have in common. I dropped off two very lucky and very excited campers yesterday and I will drop off another in 3.5 weeks. The legacy lives on, the traditions live on…but its still bittersweet to recall the best memories of my life. I find myself crying every time I enter camp and every single time I have to leave.

  2. Paul Diamond says:

    I moved to California 25 years ago and was in China during the reunion last year, so I haven’t been to 03033 in 25 years. Reading your piece brought back a giant flood of memories – and reading my friend Gayle’s message did it all over again.
    TEVYA spirit lives on and on…

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